Vale Terence Elkins

Dr Terence “Terry” Elkins, 1936 - 2023

Station Year Season
Mawson 1960 Winter

It is with much sadness that we advise the news that Dr. Terence Elkins passed away on 27 November 2023.

(Notified by Dr Bob Eather (M63) on 1 December)

Dr Terence “Terry” Elkins

8 March 1936 – 27 November 2023

Mawson 1960, IPS Physicist

Terence “Terry” James Elkins, 87, of WiIIiamsburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023.

Terry graduated from the university of Melbourne in 1957. He was a member of the first expedition to the Napier Mountain Range in East Antarctica in 1960. The highest peak in this range would later be named Mount Elkins.

He went on to earn a Master’s and PhD in Physics and Astronomy from Boston University in 1970. Throughout his 45-year career, he was employed by the United States Air Force and various federally funded research and development centres such as MITRE. His research focused on electronic warfare tech­nologies, including over-the-horizon radar, and satellite navigation and imagery.

Place Names

Mount Elkins – A dark, steep-sided rock with three major peaks, in the Napier Mountains, Enderby Land, about 57 km south-west of Mount Kjerringa. Plotted from air photographs taken from an ANARE aircraft in 1956. Named for T. J. Elkins, ionosphere physicist at Mawson in 1960